Can I drive non-destructively with broken power steering?
December 18, 2007 7:09 AM Subscribe
If I drive my car (2000 Skoda Fabia, UK) while the power steering is faulty, will it damage it?
posted by thoughtless to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total)
I went to start it last night and the power steering wasn't working - the warning light was lit on the dashboard, and turning the wheel had me grunting like John McClane in the middle of a bad day. I could certainly still drive it though.
It's going to need to be fixed by a professional, obviously (even changing the fluid looks to be beyond my meagre mechanical prowess), but as this is a busy time for all I may not be able to fit it in until the new year, and I've over 300 miles of family visits to do in the meantime.
So would all that steering unaided further knacker it in any way? I assume that the electronics have just taken the whole of the power steering system offline, and as I say it was alright last night, so it seems to me that I can just go ahead and take the free workout, and sort it out later ... or would that be really stupid?